It’s been a while. Since our summer tour 2011, we have scattered to various corners of the country. Before we left Charlottesville, we recorded a bunch of tunes. Last week, Carey and I set up a voice recording booth in the closet of our apartment in LA. We finished off with the recording of a song that we’re now ready to deliver to you all.
“Gong Xi, We Are Happy” is based on a traditional Chinese new year song. “Gong Xi” literally means “congratulations.” People in Chinese-speaking countries use the term to congratulate one another on the coming of the lunar new year. I arranged the song last spring to celebrate the completion of my dissertation. For the year of the dragon, we have delivered this new year anthem in a style infused with garage rock and Taiwanese A’ go-go. This single is released on Bandcamp now!
The band is scheming a reunion mini-tour in Los Angeles at the end of March. We will be sending an update once our dates are confirmed.
We hope that you enjoy our single. The year of the dragon will be a good one!
wendy / Dzian!
Dzian! is launching the release of our EP entitled Ali Shan A’ Go Go on Saturday May 21, 2011, at The Bridge PAI. We will also bid farewell to Charlottesville before we sail out west. The performance will feature our friends and collaborator including Catherine Monnes, Fire in the Belly, and the Nakashi Dancers.
The theme is LOVE BOAT. The attire is cruise casual. If you need fashion consultation, please contact Emily Gale [emg9r at virginia.edu].
LOVE BOAT: Viva La Dzian!
EP Release | Farewell
feat. Catherine Monnes, Fire in the Belly, and Nakashi Dancers
Saturday, May 21 2011
The Bridge PAI
209 Monticello Road
$5 – $10
We’re happy to announce the official release of our EP entitled Ali Shan A’ Go Go! For your listening pleasure, we have carefully crafted and delivered four songs. We arranged three traditional tunes from Taiwan – “Ali Shan” and “Ni Wa Wa” and one from Japan, “Moon Over Ruined Castle.” “Œvilteen” is an original song written by Jonathan. Our friend Tom Daly took the photo and Rachel worked on the design of the album art. The EP is available as a digital download at:
We are selling these songs at $1 USD per song. If you’re feeling generous, the website gives you the option of contributing more than the minimum. The money made from the EP sale will help fund our east coast tour this summer and hopefully our tour to Taiwan/Indonesia and other places in Asia next summer.
This weekend, we’re driving to Bowling Green to perform at the Midwest chapter meeting of the Society of Ethnomusicology (SEM). Our performance/lecture will take place in the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Theater in the Student Union promptly at 8:30pm on Saturday, April 9th. We will be double-billing with BGSU’s Anime ensemble G.A.M.E. Go-go beats in Ohio! More details on conference blog and Facebook.
In the wake of escalating gas prices, Dzian! is seeking novel ways to
help fund our summer tour. We’re planning for:
DZIAN! BUSKING + BAKE SALE
Saturday, April 16th
9am – 12noon
Near Farmer’s Market on South Street (exact address to come)
(to coincide w/farmer’s market foot traffic and Dogwood Parade crowd-gathering)
We’re calling for baking talent! Exhibit your renown baking skills…or in the
hopes that your enthusiasm for the a’ go-go beat might send you into a
baking frenzy! Won’t you please bake us a pie, tart, cake, bars, batch o’ cookies, or
loaf o’ bread to peddle to passersby???
If you feel so inclined, please let us know [dzian.music (at) gmail.com] know what you’d like to contribute. We’re also looking for someone or ones to sell the goods while we
provide the tunes on acoustic violin, guitar, accordion, and buckets
for drums : )
Many thanks and happy springtime!